EXCLUSIVE: Fortuna Düsseldorf want to sign Ghana's Bernard Tekpetey permanently

Published on: 13 June 2019

German Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf wants to sign Ghanaian striker Bernard Tekpetey permanently in the on-going transfer window, Footballghana.com can report.

Tekpetey, who had an impressive spell at Bundesliga II side SC Paderborn where he rattled in 10 goals and provided 6 assists in 32 appearances has been linked with a move to Düsseldorf.

The Royal Blues have activated their €2.5m buy-back option following his loan spell at SC Paderborn and the 21-year-old has made no secret about his desire to move away from Schalke.

"I think it would be fair from the club if they let me go now," he told Bild.

However, Schalke are willing to let him go only on another loan expedition to Fortuna Düsseldorf - a move which has been rejected by the German side.

Fortuna Düsseldorf will only sign the player outright and are not interested in a loan option.

Düsseldorf are willing to offer Schalke 10 million Euros for the services of the African striker.

The striker wants a club where he can establish himself in the Bundesliga and Düsseldorf offers the best chance in the regard.

He joined Schalke in 2016 from the UniStar Soccer Academy in his native country and featured for the club's U-23s side.

He then moved up to the first team squad in the summer of 2016, going on to make two Bundesliga appearances and one Europa League appearance for the club.

Tekpetey joined Austrian top tier side SCR Altach for the 2017/18 season and made 10 league appearances, scoring one goal.

He played twice for the Black Stars as they reached the last four at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.